Sustainable Stanford Award winners honored

JEFF KOSEFF, SCOTT GOULD and EMMA FISHER were recently honored with Sustainable Stanford Awards for their efforts to reduce the university’s environmental footprint. The awards were presented during the recent Celebrating Sustainability event.

Jeff Koseff
Jeff Koseff with Fahmida Ahmed, director of sustainability.

Koseff, the William Alden Campbell and Martha Campbell Professor in the School of Engineering and senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, received the faculty award. Koseff, a professor of civil and environmental engineering who co-founded the Woods Institute, supported creation of the Office of Sustainability and was a founding member of the Sustainability Working Group. He was a driving force behind the design of Y2E2, which is among the most sustainable lab buildings on campus. Koseff was praised for his “inspirational ideas, compassionate demeanor, implementation acumen and depth of experience,” which “makes him one of the most influential change makers in sustainability legacy at Stanford University from any vantage point.”

Scott Gould
Scott Gould with Joe Stagner, executive director of Sustainability and Energy Management.

Gould, senior engineer in Facilities Operations, received the staff award. Gould was honored for supporting energy efficiency projects for nearly three decades. He led efforts to implement renewable energy via on-building photovoltaic (PV) systems and launched the Whole Building Energy Retrofit Program in 2004, which has produced $4.7 million per year in energy savings. As the energy management consultant for all new construction projects, Gould helps to set benchmarks and project goals. Under his purview, the university has seen a sixfold increase in the amount of PV production. He engages with faculty on matters regarding building efficiency and renewable energy and serves as a speaker for classes and seminars. He was praised for being “a highly pragmatic purveyor of sustainability advice, with a gift for bridging the ambition of visionaries with the practical potential of construction projects.”

Emma Fisher
Emma Fisher with Eric Montell, executive director of Stanford Dining.

Fisher, a member of Students for a Sustainable Stanford who is studying Earth systems and human biology, received the student award. She has led the Stanford Carbon Offsets to Reduce Emissions (SCORE) program, establishing one of the first collegiate programs to offset the carbon emissions from varsity sports travel. Last year, SCORE successfully purchased enough carbon offsets to negate 100 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with varsity travel. In addition, Fisher worked on sustainability projects for Residential & Dining Enterprises. Fisher was praised for exemplifying “what it means to Live Cardinal Green at Stanford.”

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